Babies are used to a lot of warmth in their mother's tummy. It is therefore important to create a warm environment for newborns in the first few months of life when changing diapers or after bathing. This works best, especially in the cold season, with a radiant heater for the baby.
There are usually two variants for a radiant heater: Either you use a free-standing device that can be set up flexibly wherever it is needed. Or you can mount the radiant heater firmly on the wall, usually above the changing table, i.e. where the heat is usually needed most. There are also 2-in-1 devices to be extra flexible. So before you buy, think about which model best suits your needs.
If you want to mount a device on the wall, you should observe the installation requirements: The minimum distance between the radiant heater and the changing table should be at least one meter, and there should also be a space of 35 centimeters between the ceiling and the device. In addition, a 20 cm distance to the closing wall on the side should be maintained. If these conditions are difficult to meet in the baby's room, a standing device is appropriate.
Incidentally, free-standing devices can often still be used even when your child is out of the nappy changing age: for example for barbecues when it has gotten cold, or for working in the garage. The following devices are worthwhile:
Reer is one of the best-known brands when it comes to baby accessories. There are also some radiant heaters for babies from this brand. For example, the "Easy Heat" model with a stand with automatic switch-off (after about ten minutes) performs well in comparison. It can be placed next to the changing table when changing diapers, but can also be flexibly repositioned to warm up after bathing. With a width of 46 centimetres, this model is also suitable for small children's rooms. This radiant heater offers an output of 500 watts, works energy-efficiently, has a tiltable heating head, a cable length of approx. 185 centimeters and a base height of approx. 155 to 185 centimetres.
This Brandson changing table heater comes with a stand and remote control. Its power consumption is significantly higher than that of the Reer model and is a maximum of 2000 watts. However, the low heat output at level 1 (up to 600 W) is sufficient for use as a radiant heater for babies. Level 2 or 3 are also suitable for other types of use (terrace, garage, bathroom, or other). The height of the radiant heater is between 120 and 190 centimetres, and the device can also be pivoted. There is also a safety shutdown, tip-over and overheating protection. The cable length is about 180 centimeters. In many comparisons, this device performs very well.
As devices for wall mounting, these radiant heaters are worthwhile for babies:
This radiant heater from Rommelsbacher is - similar to the Brandson model - versatile: whether for the baby, for the terrace, garage, or, or, or. And one more thing in common: This radiant heater model also performs well in comparisons. Among other things, it offers an output of 600 watts, requires no preheating time, and is therefore very energy-efficient and energy-saving. In addition, this model is very quiet and is considered safe (it is drip-proof, among other things). The radiant heater for the baby can be tilted and, according to many customer reviews, can be easily mounted on the wall.
Unlike the model presented above, the "FeelWell" model by Reer can only be mounted on the wall. However, it has similarly good ratings as the other radiant heaters presented. It scores with medical standard thermal radiation and temperature distribution and switches off automatically. There are also two heating levels: 400 watts and 800 watts. It should be energy efficient and safe.
So if you know whether you want a free-standing unit or a wall-mounted heater, you should check whether the model of your choice meets the following criteria:
Another important note: Since many radiant heaters for babies work with red light, the thought of buying a red light lamp instead of a baby radiant heater may arise. But that is dangerous: Looking directly into the red light can damage the eyesight of the offspring in the long term. So it is particularly dangerous above the changing table if it is not a special device for babies. It is therefore not recommended to use it.
Sometimes, as an alternative to radiant heaters for the baby, fan heaters are also recommended, which not only heat the entire room, but heat it selectively. In view of rising electricity costs, however, this is not advisable. It is better to keep the room temperature as low as possible and as high as necessary and to generate heat for the baby with a radiant heater when changing diapers or after bathing. It is best to use a device that does not require any preheating time (the lower the power, the longer the preheating time is usually) and that is energy-efficient and energy-saving. An automatic switch-off is also helpful. Anyone who thinks sustainably should perhaps buy a device that is also easy to use when the little ones are no longer so small and no longer need additional heat. Some of the devices presented also work well as radiant heaters on the terrace.
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